Georgia State Trooper O’Neal Saddler declined to kneel when as by protesters during a Black Lives Matter protest in Hartwell, Georgie, on Sunday, June 7, saying he only kneels “for one person.”

“If I didn’t have any respect, I wouldn’t [be here],” Saddler told protesters. “I was supposed to be out of town this weekend with my wife. I took off today, this weekend, but I’m out here to make sure y’all are safe.”

“Don’t go there with respect, OK? I have much respect, but I only kneel for one person,” Saddler added.

“And that’s God,” a woman said. Saddler affirmed the statement.

A Lowell, Massachusetts, police officer Lt. David Peaslee also refused to kneel despite call of “take a knee” from protesters last week. 

The nation enters the third week of protests and riots following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25. In some instances, police officers have kneeled or marched with protesters to show solidarity, in other cases they declined to submit to calls to kneel from protesters.

On Monday, Democrat lawmakers, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), donned Kente cloth and took a knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds as a show of solidarity with black community and Americans protesting police brutality. However, the attempt faced overwhelming backlash afterward. 

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